Food & Drink

10 Of The Best High Teas In Brisbane To Put On Your Sunday Best For

By Cola Hardman
23rd Nov 2022

A high tea stand with elegant sweets and flowers.

If you’re looking to up the class level of your next cuppa or tap into your inner princess a la Meghan Markle, here’s our list of Brisbane’s best high teas that make the grade.  Don’t forget to lift those pinkies while you peruse finger sandwiches, macarons and many, many glasses of bubbles.

W Brisbane 

Brisbane City

If your ideal Christmas catch up involves cocktails, bite-sized treats and making gingerbread houses, then W Brisbane's Living Room bar has the perfect experience for you. Their new Festive High Tea Menu, available right up until 24 December, starts off with savoury eats like wagyu pie, pumpkin sausage roll and chicken mousse tart, before moving on to black forest Christmas baubles, gingerbread mousse and almond jaconde sandwiches, and vanilla, nutmeg and rosemary scones, all served on their signature W-shaped tower. The icing on the cake (literally)? The build-your-own gingerbread house to share—and scoff. You can even add on a festive cocktail, the First White Christmas, with vanilla vodka, Frangelico, macadamia nut orgeat and an aromatic bubble on top. It's $65pp for the standard high tea, $90pp with a cocktail or $98pp with a glass of champagne and you can book yourself in here.

The Inchcolm

Spring Hill

Enter the quirky surrounds of this historic hotel for a glam new high tea like no other. Available from Sunday 27 March, The Inchcolm will serve up a Sunday high tea for $69pp (or $99pp with two hours of free-flowing Taittinger champagne) piled high with Yarra Valley caviar crumpets, chicken finger sandwiches and confit duck liver pithivier. More of a sweet tooth? You'll be drooling over freshly baked madeleines, macarons and lemonade scones.

HIgh tea with Taittinger champagne at Ovolo Inchcolm Brisbane

Patina By Customs House

Brisbane City

The Champagne High Tea Party at Customs House is fit for all kinds of queen, complete with the most fantastic views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River. You'll be feasting as well as your eyes are on smoked salmon blinis, gruyere and leek tarts, macarons and raspberry scones with plenty of tea and coffee and a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier all for $83pp.

The Balfour Kitchen

New Farm

Indulge in wondrous creations while sipping on a range of specialty teas and enjoying the view of the lush courtyard at Spicers Balfour in New Farm at this once-monthly offering. On the menu you'll find classic high tea nibbles like macarons, lemon curd tarts, freshly baked scones and chicken and mustard brioche as well some inclusions worthy of such a fine dining spot, like pork terrine with pickled onion and spanner crab tarts with avocado mousse. Whether you dine in the stylish restaurant, on the wrap-around verandah of the old Queenslander, or under the blossoming frangipani trees in the courtyard, the choice is yours.

High tea at Reid's Place in Scarborough Brisbane

Dandelion & Driftwood

Hendra

Dandelion & Driftwood have always known how to put on a good high tea, so we’re stoked they’re back in Hendra with a new cafe where we can enjoy it. Using their renowned signature recipes, D & D’s delicate three-tiered high tea stands come filled with sweet and savoury delights, from fluffy scones with jam and cream to ribbon sandwiches and pretty cupcakes, starting from $55pp, and if you want something a little harder than tea, you can pair your feast with champagne or signature cocktail. Staying in? You can even order a complete high tea to take away seven days.

The Lab

Brisbane City

The high tea at The Lab is the kind of classic, English garden-worthy experience you’d expect from Treasury Brisbane—if you’re looking to take your nanna out for a treat, this is where to head. Chef Steven Jones polished his high tea repertoire in his years working at five-star establishments in London, so you can expect good things for your $50pp (or $70pp with a two-hour Chandon package). 

Belle Epoque 

South Bank

Belle Epoque gives the closest experience to a Parisian café that you will find stepping off the streets of Brisbane. Their high tea is an absolute crowd-pleaser, with vegan, vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free menus available from $60pp up to $110pp with two hours of bottomless champagne. We’re drooling over the cheesy bacon and cauliflower cake, which you can chase with their matcha, yzu cremeux and finger lemon cheesecake. C’est magnifique!

A high tea stand at Belle Epoque in South Bank Brisbane

The Matriarch 

Newstead

You’ve heard of boozy brunch, now we present to you Fancy Tea. Served in the eclectic and intimate cocktail garden at The Matriarch, you can get all of your high tea essentials such as sandwiches and scones… with a twist. That twist being a trio of mini cocktails to accompany your delectable sweet feast for $70pp. More into the classics? You can also do a sparkling high tea with a glass of prosecco for $45pp. 

Room With Roses

Brisbane City

Tucked away upstairs in the historic Brisbane Arcade, Room With Roses is a Brisbane high tea heaven for traditionalists. Famed for their scones with jam and cream, not to mention their passionfruit sponge, it’s a beautiful spot to really relax and savour your surroundings. Their various high tea options start at $49pp, and you can add on glasses of bubbles, add an hour of bottomless mimosas for $25, or opt for gluten-free and vegetarian options. Personally though, we'd be going for the chocolate fondue high tea...

Lennons Restaurant and Bar 

Brisbane City

If you’re not a morning person and haven't been able to take advantage of a bougie high tea as a result, Lennons Restaurant and Bar has you covered with their afternoon tea on Saturdays and Sundays from 2.30pm. You'll definitely have to whip out your fanciest floral outfit for this one as you sip a glass of sparkling on arrival and indulge in chilled spicy roast capsicum and tomato gazpacho and marinated prawn and avocado brioche. The perfect way to end any meal, the $55 per person afternoon tea also boasts a range of pastries and decadent desserts freshly baked onsite by their in-house pastry chef, like double chocolate tart and a raspeberry and coconut taco.

Prefer your tea with milk pearls and a straw? Check out where to find Brisbane's best bubble tea here

Image credit: Dandelion & Driftwood, The Inchcolm, Reid's Place, Belle Epoque

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